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Frank Stoltze was born and raised in Santa Barbara, where his father taught him how to body surf and golf and his mother showed him how to tell a good story.

Frank graduated from Southern Methodist University with Doak Walker and started his radio career in San Luis Obispo, cutting his teeth covering Diablo Canyon and the Monarch Butterfly grove. He went to work for KLON (now KKJZ) in Long Beach in 1991 and covered the riots before becoming news director at KPFK, where he learned who Noam Chomsky is.

Frank joined KPCC in 2000 and loves its downtown bureau, a stone's throw from Central Market tortas.


Stories by Frank Stoltze

LAPD cracks down on notorious Toonerville gang

Los Angeles police arrested 19 members of one of the city’s most violent street gangs today. The Toonerville gang operated in the Chevy Chase Park and Glendale areas.

Debate grows over Jackson memorial costs

Debate grew Wednesday over the cost of the Michael Jackson memorial to the city of Los Angeles. The city controller blasted the cost of box lunches for officers assigned to the event as the city attorney promised an investigation. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Jackson memorial costs debate heats up

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich says he's investigating why the city paid the police costs for the Michael Jackson memorial. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Feds expand Hawaiian Gardens gang prosecution

Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles indicted another two dozen people Wednesday in what the government calls the nation’s “largest-ever gang investigation.” KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

Michael Jackson fan talks about the King of Pop's life

Tens of thousands of fans are near Staples Center for Michael Jackson’s public memorial, scheduled to start at 10 today. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze is at the downtown arena. He talked to Suzie Jones on the King of Pop’s life.

Crowd control at Michael Jackson's public memorial

Over 17-thousand fans got free tickets to attend Michael Jackson’s public memorial service at Staple Center. Tens of thousand of more fans without admissions are expected to show up in the downtown neighborhood.

Michael Jackson's body to be taken to Staples Center

Michael Jackson's public memorial at Staples Center starts at 10a.m. Steve Julian talks to KPCC's Frank Stoltze as news breaks that Michael Jackson's body will be taken to Staples Center.

LA police ready for crowd control

Michael Jackson's public memorial at Staples Center starts at 10a.m. KPCC's Frank Stoltze is near Staples Center. He talks to Steve Julian on crowd control.

Police say stay away from Jackson memorial

Los Angeles Police are urging people to stay away from Staples Center Tuesday. That’s where the memorial for Michael Jackson starts at 10 o’clock. Police worry that as many as a quarter million people could show up – even though officers have barricaded streets for blocks around the center. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

Police warn spectators to stay away from Staples Center

Los Angeles police are discouraging people without tickets from showing up at the Michael Jackson memorial at Staples Center tomorrow.

Jackson fans get tickets for memorial

Michael Jackson fans from around the world are pouring into Los Angeles for tomorrow’s memorial service for the pop star at Staples Center. 8,750 people won free tickets in an online drawing. 20-year-old Sean Knight of San Diego was one of them. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze caught up with Knight at Dodger Stadium as he picked up the wristband that will admit him to the ceremony.

Mayor promises to focus on job creation in second term

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was sworn in for a second, four-year term Wednesday KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

New LA City Controller promises audit of city finances

Wendy Greuel took the oath of office as Los Angeles city controller today. In a speech outside City Hall, the former councilwoman promised to bring transparency to the city’s finances.

Carmen Trutanich sworn in as new LA city attorney

San Pedro criminal defense attorney Carmen Trutanich was sworn in as Los Angeles city attorney today. Trutanich, who’s also a former gang prosecutor, promised to bring independence and integrity to the office during a speech on the south lawn of City Hall.

LA mayor sworn in for second term

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa began his second four-year term today. The mayor addressed hundreds of people during swearing-in ceremonies on the south lawn of City Hall.